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Australian Officials have advised pregnant women to reconsider travel to any area where outbreaks of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus has occurred. Read on to see a map of Zika fever affected countries.

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"A newly emerging disease is threatening the Americas.... Until October, [the mosquito-borne virus] Zika was not thought much of a threat: only a fifth of infected people fall ill, usually with just mild fever, rash, joint aches and red eyes. Since then, though, evidence has been piling up that it may cause birth defects in children and neurological problems in adults."

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Learn how to reduce the risk of mosquito borne diseases such as the Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, West Nile, and Chikungunya by preventing mosquitoes in the first place! If you already have a mosquito problem this graphic will also show you how to get rid of them, and how to prevent yourself from being bitten while traveling and being outdoors.

Learn how to reduce the risk of mosquito borne diseases such as the Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, West Nile, and Chikungunya by preventing mosquitoes in the first place! If you already have a mosquito problem this graphic will also show you how to get rid of them, and how to prevent yourself from being bitten while traveling and being outdoors.

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Brazil warns against pregnancy due to spreading virus... Birth defects linked to the mosquito-borne virus called Zika leads to a warning for would-be parents in Brazil.

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Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys through a monitoring network of sylvatic yellow fever.